Lifestyle Review: Birthday Adventures

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Those of you who follow my social media would have noticed that, a few weeks ago, myself and Jack turned twenty six. As usual, this resulted in a few weeks of fun filled adventures round London. Naturally, I had my camera at the ready and thought I'd share our celebrations with you. 

As you may have seen in my Star Wars Identities post, for my birthday Jack surprised me by inviting my best friends to stay for a long-weekend of nerdiness and all the food. I had an awesome time but the following week, it was my turn to surprise him. Now, I think he may have managed to guess where we were going given our train route but I think he enjoyed it all the same. Here's a look at what we got up to...

Last year, part of Jack's present was a trip on a speed boat which toured the Thames at 70mph. This year, I wanted to keep up the thrills and so I booked us a go on the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Standing at 114m high, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture and offers 360 degree, 20-mile views of London at its peak. Luckily for us, it was an absolutely beautiful day (though a tad too hot for my liking) which meant, once up the top, we got a stunning view. Having donned our protective wear, we exited the structure via the slide - shooting us 50m down to the ground. It was SO much fun. Whilst I think it was very expensive for what it was (you only get one go at the slide), it makes for a great present and I was really glad we tried it out. 

Once we were back on solid land, it was time to leave Stratford and make our way over to Hackney Wick for Jack's second surprise. He's been really in to beers lately and, as a graphic designer, is really in to branding. Having done a bit of research, I managed to find this little gem - the CRATE Brewery. Located on the canal and once used as a print factory, the unit is now a popular pizzeria and beer brewery offering tours and a wide selection of craft beers and ales. In other words, pretty much Jack's haven. But after a few hours of beer tasting and stone-baked pizza, it was time for a final surprise and some grub in Shoreditch.

We'd been to Red's True BBQ once before and it was somewhere we'd been meaning to come back to. And so, Jack's birthday seemed like the perfect excuse. For those of you who have yet to try out it's splendour, Red's specialises in prime cuts, smoked and slow roasted joints, burgers and ribs. And, yes, those are definitely halloumi fries. And they were amazing. Naturally, we were pretty knackered and stuffed by the end of the day and headed home for an early night. 

Well, that's it for another lifestyle post. Have you been to any of the spots we visited in this post? Where are some of your favourite places to visit for birthday treats? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones below. 

Until next time explorers, 




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16 comments:

  1. A birthday celebration with pizza, beer, and BBQ sounds pretty good to me! I hope the both of you had a wonderful time :) I admire so many of you Brits who persevere through trying times and not give in to fear and hate.

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    1. We had a lovely day, thank you :) I think the steak was one of the best I've ever eaten actually. I guess we have to carry on really - unfortunately it could happen at anytime, anywhere so best you can do is stay alert and vigilant.

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  2. Wow that slide looks insane! I would LOVE to try that. lol. Looks like you had a good time. :)

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    1. It was so much fun! I'd definitely recommend it. Thanks :) x

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  3. Looks like you had an amazing birthday, both of you! The food looks delcious as always! You always pick the best of places :)
    www.samspeaks.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you Hun! Yeah was really nice - very busy but well worth it xx

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  4. Looks like Jack had a fantastic birthday, Sophie. Well done for planning all this! That slide looks really scary but fun. Glad you both had a wonderful weekend together and such awesome weather for it too XD

    Ashley xx
    http://www.imamovienerd.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw thank you! Yeah it was boiling hot and sunny all day so was really lovely. Definitely recommend trying out the slide :) xx

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  5. Happy (belated!) joint birthday lovely :)
    Looks like a fantastic weekend, I don't know if I'd be brave enough to try the slide though :P
    ♥ Fran - frannymac.com xx

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    1. Thanks lovely! Haha yeah I don't think you would have liked it but it was really fun and it was over pretty quickly xx

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  6. Looks like a great day! Great photos xx

    Poppy Loves
    http://www.poppyloves.co.uk/

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  7. I'm intrigued by that pink coloured drink, what is it? I haven't been to London in years but this looks so much fun

    Kat
    Check out my latest post over at http://www.katgotthecream.com/

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    1. I think it was a sour beer with passionfruit in it or something like that? I don't drink beer but it was actually really nice :) x

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  8. It sounds like you two had such a wonderful day :) Wow, the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide sounds so scary, but an amazing experience nonetheless! The food at Red's True BBQ looks absolutely fantastic too x

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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    1. Aw we really did, thanks hun. Haha no I promise you it wasn't scary at all. It's over in like 20 seconds too! Was an awesome day xx

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